Daily Devotion Tuesday, 02 October 2018
The sure mercies of David
In the synagogue of Antioch, the apostle Paul declared that the Father raised Christ from the dead, saying to Him, 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.' Act 13:14-15,34. He explained that 'the sure mercies of David' referred to resurrection life, saying, 'Therefore He also says in another Psalm: “You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption'. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.' Act 13:35-37.
The Lord Himself declared, 'Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-the sure mercies of David.' Isa 55:3. We know that receiving the Everlasting Covenant begins with the adoption. This is the promise of resurrection life that is given to the sons of men. Resurrection life is given to us to overcome the difficulties associated with our mortality. By resurrection life, we are enabled to endure in mortality and to do the works of offering that belong to our name, which are expressed as our sanctification as sons of God. Paul defined living in this way as attaining to exanastasis – meaning, 'out-resurrection'. Php 3:11.
Elsewhere, Paul described exanastasis as the living of Jesus, which He demonstrated while dying for us as a sin offering. Paul testified that he, and his fellow messengers, were always carrying about, in their bodies, the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus might be manifested in their bodies. 2Co 4:8-10. He reiterated the point, by stating that they were constantly being delivered over to death for Christ's sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in their mortal bodies. 2Co 4:11. This is how they bore witness to the resurrection of Christ by the power of God.
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